Wilderness Volunteers: Giving Something Back

John Muir Wilderness, Sierra National Forest, CA


Aug 11th - Aug 17th 2013

Service Project

Campsite removal & rehabilitation

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Free Days

Peak hiking, day hiking, swimming, fishing, photography


Backpack camping

Trip Rating

Strenuous : 7 mile backpack, digging, bending, lifting, elevation 10,000'. Pack animal supported.

Jeff Moorehead
Deborah Northcutt
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The Sierra National Forest, located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada, is known for its spectacular mountain scenery and abundant natural resources. The Sierra National Forest encompasses more than 1.3 million acres between 900 and 13,986 feet in elevation. In the high country, between the spectacular granite peaks, beautiful alpine landscape, rugged terrain and the altitude around 11,000', it is literally breathtaking. Abundant fish and wildlife, varied mountain flora and fauna and numerous recreational opportunities make the Sierra National Forest an outdoor lover's paradise. The John Muir Wilderness sits in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, sandwiched between Yosemite National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. John Muir called these spectacular mountains the “range of light” for their sparkling white granite, glacial blue lakes, lush green meadows and earthy evergreen forests. You'll be right in the thick of it.

Our service project will focus on rehabilitating impacts from excessive camping in sensitive areas around alpine lakes. Located seven miles north of Lake Thomas A. Edision, the Graveyard Lakes area is nestled under 11,500' peaks near the Silver Divide and Goodale Pass areas on the eastern High Sierra Ranger District. We'll enter the John Muir Wilderness near Lake Edison and backpack approximately 7 miles to the three small Graveyard Lakes and set up a basecamp in the area of the project site. To rehabilitate impacted camp sites, we'll move boulders, burying some, remove burnt wood and ash and eliminate unwanted fire rings. Pack support will be provided for group food, commissary and tools. This trip is a great opportunity to experience the remote and spectacular Sierra Nevada Range, with plenty of wonderful hiking destinations to area peaks and snow melt lakes!

Check out more photos from our 2012 High Sierras project in our gallery.